St Peter's Huruma

Date started: July 2009

Date completed: January 2011

Cost of project: £93,000

Size of school: For 640 children. Currently 501.

One liner: This school was in desperate need of help in order to provide an adequate education for the local children. The fully refurbished school, two additional teachers paid jointly by KST and the parents and an impressive headmaster give education a chance.

Brief history: The old colonial Anglican church of St Peter’s had sufficient land attached to it for the construction of a good primary school that was heavily supported by the diocese. Some years later it was realized that street children, internally displaced people (IDP) and the poorest of the poor also needed a school. The piece of land immediately adjoining the primary school was given over to meet that need so St Peter's Huruma was founded. Huruma means "Pity" or "Sympathy" a somewhat brutal but honest name for it.

Our sister charity, the Langalanga Scholarship Fund, first included this school in their scholarship scheme in 2006 but no pupil reached the required standard that year. In 2007 the first scholarship was awarded in open competition amongst children from 20 primary schools to a boy. The school has won three other scholarships, two of which went to girls. When the national exam results were announced in January 2009 the school attained the best results amongst government primary schools in the zone.

St Peter's old classroom

Leaking roofs, mud floors, no verandahs, dark and airless classrooms made this school ripe for re-development.

Current status: In December 2008 KST trustees decided to help this school and to use the legacy of a much loved supporter, the late Mrs. Wendy Birrell, to build a new administration block consisting of two classrooms, library, staffroom, offices and a store. The ground breaking ceremony took place in July 2009.

A new 100,000 litre water tank has also been built for the school.

On 17 January 2011 Wendy Birrell's sister, Anne Kay, was the guest of honour at the handover of the ‘Wendy Birrell Memorial Building’. Anne and her three adult boys were able to see at first hand the major impact Wendy's legacy has made on the poorest in Ol Kalou. Anne Kay and her UK friends also kindly donated the money for a jiku (fuel efficient cooker) in the existing kitchen, so food can now be properly prepared for the schoolchildren at St Peter's Huruma.

Hoola-hoop dancing

An impressive display of hoola-hoop dancing by ten year olds as entertainment for the guests at the ground breaking ceremony. July 2009.

Anne Kay cuts the tape to declare the new Wendy Birrell memorial building open.

30 June 2011 was the date for the formal handover of the school to the parents and local community. As predicted it was a ‘family occasion’ with great warmth of spirit and much thankfulness.